The Prayer of the Glow-worm



Dear God,

Would You take Your light

a little farther away

from me?

I am like a morsel

of cinder

and need Your night

for my heart to dare

to flicker out its feeble star:

its hope, to give to other hearts,

what can be stolen from all poverty--

a gleam of joy.





Prayers from the Ark

 by Carmen Bernos de Gasztold

Translated by Rumer Godden